Student-led initiative takes off with support from administration to better unite campus in diversity and inclusion
Niner Nation: Different Together, a student-led initiative, is being implemented by the Student Government Association (SGA) to create unity and promote diversity on campus.
This campaign aims to create opportunities for more conversations and celebration of differences within the community.
“Niner Nation: Different Together was developed to unite students of all backgrounds and create quality conversations within the student population and between students and administration,” according to Inside UNC Charlotte.
Jasmin Rivers, SGA secretary for diversity affairs, is helping run the campaign. She wanted to take action when she saw how many students felt their voice wasn’t heard in regard to diversity issues and inclusiveness.
“I knew that in my position as secretary for diversity affairs I had the opportunity to amplify students’ voices and celebrate Niners on campus, but I didn’t know how,” said Rivers. “I wanted everyone to … have the opportunity to speak out, learn, grow and leave college with a better understanding of themselves and others along with their degrees.”
Members of the cabinet are partnering with campus resources including the Multicultural Resource Center, Black Student Union, Senate and new student orientation sessions.
In addition, the dean of students, vice chancellor of student affairs, the chancellor and others are involved as well.
There will be an end-of-the-year exhibition May 3 that will include a panel discussion, art show and short film.
The event will take place in the Student Union Movie Theatre at 7 p.m. Administration will also be present at the event if students wish to speak with them.
Rivers hopes for everyone to learn, listen and grow from this initiative.
“Learn from one another and be willing to listen to the differences in opinions, cultures, religions, lifestyles, etc. … Grow out of the bubble [you] find comforting or develop better understanding and help grow the Charlotte community into something better,” said Rivers.
Students that are interested in joining the conversation can submit their pictures and videos either online or by posting them on social media and using the hashtag #differenttogether or tagging @uncc_sga.